Mike Dariano

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Using Evernote for Research

After using WorkFlowy in November for managing the things I have to do and starting my Year of Living Better and using Evernote for the things I want to know - I'm starting to get a clearer picture about how these services fit together. I stopped being active on Goodreads and TripIt because they weren't more valuable than other options and I thought the same might be true of WorkFlowy and Evernote. Instead I'm going to try this approach:

Lately the bulk of my Evernote usage has been a holding tank for research about living better and I wanted to use this post to highlight how I'm using it.

The first step I did was to create a notebook titled 1 Year of Change. I included the '1' in the name so that it was before all the other notebooks in my list. Within this I created a notebook for each topic - in my case the twelve areas of my life I'm addressing during the upcoming year. These I also prefixed, but with letters to order them. "A November - Writing, B December - Happiness" and so on. This structure has been really helpful, not just for this project, but for both the larger use of Evernote and life in general. When I know where things go, it's easy to put them there and then it's easy to find them later. Evernote has allowed this in my digital life, now if they'd only expand to a system for children's shoes.

After creating the structure then - it's time to get into the research and for this there have been three essential keyboard shortcuts for me.

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